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(Pocket-lint) - LG has had a long-standing commitment to OLED TVs, one of the first manufacturers to release them on a wide scale, as well as having LG Display manufacturing the panels.

Since OLED became popular as a TV panel, LG has refined the technology to produce some of the very best televisions out there.

LG has a wide range of OLED televisions - and more recently a selection of Mini LED models at the more affordable end of the spectrum - and thanks to the release cycle, you'll often find a number of different models in the market.

Here we're covering models coming up in 2022 and comparing them with those from 2021 that are already widely available.

Why buy an OLED TV?

For many, OLED is the display type of choice for high-end televisions. From early on in OLED's story, it became obvious that OLED gave a lot more freedom in design. Because of how the panel works, TVs could be thinner than rivals and that's what LG become known for. 

That's still evident in LG's OLED TVs - they are really slim - and whether you're wall mounting or using the stand, they look great. 

But above that, OLED became synonymous with quality. Because each pixel emits its own light (rather than relying on an additional layer for illumination) they can be turned off individually, leading to deeper blacks and less bleed across the panel between high and low lights. This drives OLED's reputation for being able to deliver deep involving black levels and more accurate colours than some other technologies

Of course, LG has kept up with the HDR race too, offering Dolby Vision on its TVs for a number of years, while also supporting 120Hz on many of its screens, making them futureproofed for gaming.

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          LG G2 OLED evo

          • Screen sizes: 55in, 65in, 77in, 83in, 97in
          • OLED, 3840 x 2160 pixels, Dolby Vision IQ, Dolby Atmos, HDR10, HLG, Filmmaker Mode

          LG's forthcoming gallery TV flagship will come in two new sizes - 83- and a mammoth 97-inch model - as well as the usual culprits.

          Like the C2 OLED below, it features LG's latest α (Alpha) 9 Gen 5 processing technology, which enables higher brightness than its TVs have managed before.

          In addition, the AI Sound Pro feature renders virtual 7.1.2 surround sound from the built-in speakers, while new webOS 22 smart functionality includes the ability to stream what's on one LG TV to another, including satellite and cable broadcasts.

          LG is also doubling down on gaming with its 2022 generation OLED TVS. A new game optimiser menu gives access to the relevant settings at the click of just one button. And, there is a new sports mode for FIFA and the like.

          You get up to four HDMI 2.1 ports too, so connection with a games console or PC  can reap up to 4K 120Hz.

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          LG C2 OLED

          • Screen sizes: 42in, 48in, 55in, 65in, 77in, 83in
          • OLED, 3840 x 2160 pixels, Dolby Vision IQ, Dolby Atmos, HDR10, HLG, Filmmaker Mode

          The LG C2 OLED TV comes in many sizes for 2022, with some of the models also featuring the same OLED evo panel as the G2 above.

          They also run on the α (Alpha) 9 Gen 5 processor and we're still awaiting other full specs to find out further distinguishing factors.

          Like the G2, we don't yet have pricing or availability, as they have both just been announced at CES 2022. We'll update as soon as we know more.

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          LG G1 OLED evo

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          • Screen sizes: 55in, 65in, 77in
          • OLED, 3840 x 2160 pixels, Dolby Vision IQ, Dolby Atmos, HDR10 Pro, HLG, Filmmaker Mode

          The currently available flagship - the G1 - also features LG's "gallery design" allowing it to sit flush against a wall or on a floor stand.

          It comes with the previous version of LG's picture processor - the α (Alpha) 9 Gen 4 AI, but still uses machine learning to recognise different elements of an image, such as faces and bodies, even distinguishing between objects in the foreground and background. This is performed in real-time to ensure a picture is as clean and sharp as can be, no matter the source.

          Gamers get a big boost too, with a Game Optimiser feature that works alongside a 1ms response time and the latest HDMI 2.1 standard to provide superfast refresh rates and minimal latency. VRR is also supported.

          LG's 2021 OLED TVs all come with webOS 6.0 built-in, which will also provide Google Stadia cloud gaming access without needing a Chromecast.

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          LG C1 OLED

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          • Screen sizes: 48in, 55in, 65in, 77in
          • OLED, 3840 x 2160 pixels, Dolby Vision IQ, Dolby Atmos, HDR10 Pro, HLG, Filmmaker Mode

          The LG C1 is similar to the G1 in features and picture performance, but comes in a more standard form factor. It will also be available in a 48-inch model too.

          The same α (Alpha) 9 Gen 4 AI picture processor is on board, which also uses deep learning to upscale all standard or HD images to 4K. This ensures they look their very best.

          The same suite of gaming features are available too, including variable refresh rate (VRR) and 120Hz for those with next-gen consoles.

          Nvidia G-Sync compatibility is also present, along with Freesync Premium support. As with all 2021 LG OLEDs, webOS 6.0 will be the smart platform from the box and Stadia cloud gaming is available on the TV itself.

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          LG B1 OLED

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          • Screen sizes: 55in, 65in, 77in
          • OLED, 3840 x 2160 pixels, Dolby Vision IQ, Dolby Atmos, HDR10 Pro, HLG, Filmmaker Mode

          The LG B1 OLED is possibly the most popular TV on the list (at present). It's not available in the smaller size, starting at 55-inches. 

          It has a α7 processor, like the A1 which sits below it, but it betters the entry-level TV by offering a 120Hz display, as well as supporting tech like VRR and Nvidia G-Sync, so it's going to be much more popular with gamers. 

          It pushes a 4K HDR panel with support for Dolby Vision.

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          LG A1 OLED

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          • Screen sizes: 48in, 55in, 65in, 77in
          • OLED, 3840 x 2160 pixels, Dolby Vision IQ, Dolby Atmos, HDR10 Pro, HLG, Filmmaker Mode

          The A1 is the current entry-point for OLED in from LG, logically sitting beneath the B1 and C1 models. 

          It offers that 4K HDR display, but unlike the B1, this is only 60Hz, with no support for VRR or Nvidia G-Sync, so this TV won't make the best of the latest games consoles - so you're better off with the B1 if that's what you're after.

          However, with sizes running from 48 to 77 inches, for movie fans wanting a more affordable OLED, the A1 could be the answer. It's not as potent as the C1, which has a more powerful α9 processor compared to the α7 processor in the A1.

          It also reduces the speakers arrangement, with a 2 channel 40W composition. 

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          LG Z1 OLED

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          • Screen sizes: 77in, 88in
          • OLED, 7680 x 4320 pixels, Dolby Vision IQ, Dolby Atmos, HDR10, HLG, Filmmaker Mode

          The Z1 OLED is LG's 2021 8K TV. We've not put it at the bottom of the list because it's a bad TV - far from it - but it's price is so high, that it's not exactly mass market, unless you're a Premier League footballer.

          The big change here is that this OLED TV steps up to 8K resolution. As a result, it's only available at 77 and 88-inch sizes, designed to push more detail on a bigger scale. 

          It's driven by the same α9 processor as the top OLED 2021 devices, supporting all the latest technologies. The big barrier for most will be a £20k asking price.

          Writing by Rik Henderson and Chris Hall.
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